My heart goes out to kids today. I do not envy children growing up in this social media crazed world. I sit in middle and high school classrooms and watch just how much technology is affecting these young kids and it truly breaks my heart. When I was in middle school, phones were barely a thing. I grew up with a bag phone in my moms minivan and my first cell phone belonged to Nextel... a company that doesn't even exist anymore. I know that people older than myself reading this right now are thinking "When I was a kid we didn't even have computers" and it's true, that times are always changing. But for kids these days, I see how technology has really affected them.
I read another blog recently about social media and it was a good read. And now, as I sit in a high school class right now, I realize just how true it is. I remember when I was in high school and texting really became a thing, I had a limit of 500 texts a month. This seems unreal now because my entire life lives on my iPhone.. 500 texts a month?! I send that in one week. I used to spend hours on the phone at night with my friend Andrew. I remember calling his house and having to ask his parents if he was home to talk. Do people even do that anymore? Now it's all FaceTime and texting and calling and talking to someone's parents just doesn't happen. And that's sad.
Yesterday, I watched a girl in my class post an Instagram story and then sit there and refresh her page to see who viewed it. In my high school, if you had AT&T you didn't even get service in majority of the school. School was once peaceful and now I have eight students with headphones in listening to rap music and watching videos of their friends that are skipping class right now. I don't envy these kids because they have become so involved with social media that nothing is left to be wondered anymore. They don't need to go home and ask their friends what their day was like because Snapchat captures it all live. They don't need to be surprised when they show up to school and their friend isn't there because they already know they stayed home today.
Don't get me wrong, I love technology. I am absolutely guilty of tracking my friends on SnapMap and updating my Twitter with a random thought that I have during the day. But as an adult, I wouldn't have wanted this for my childhood self. I cherished the hours I spent on the home phone with my friends. I LOVED instant messenger and updating my status and having to get off the computer when my mom needed the phone because you couldn't do both. I don't envy children these days that feel the need to check their social media to see how many likes they have and who has viewed their story. These kids are ruining their self-confidence because of social media.. and that's sad.
Obviously technology and social media at their age is inevitable. Their friends get Instagrams, they need to download it too. There's a new app developed that they can connect with their friends, they do it too. In a way, it's a peer pressure that we experienced too, just in a different form. I remember my friends getting the first iPhone and I still had a blackberry and was so jealous that I bought a fake iPhone from China off of eBay. It's always been this way, but now it seems worse. I guess that's because I'm an adult now and that's just the way we see kids....
Author - mallory
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